Who: Over 20 Florida Gulf Coast University student soccer players from around the country will join their coaches and University mascot for a holiday visit to The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
Where: The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida at HealthPark in Fort Myers
When: Monday, December 3, 2007 at 2:30 PM
What: The women’s soccer team at Florida Gulf Coast University, who competes in a first year Division 1 program and is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference is reaching out to become more active in the local community. They will visit the patients at the Children’s Hospital and deliver “holiday cheer” with party snacks and arts and crafts for the young patients. The Florida Gulf Coast University Women’s Soccer Team finished their 2007 season with an overall record of 11-7. In their conference, they finished 3rd out of 12 teams with a record of 7-4. Though all the women are stars in their own right, there have been some terrific accolades recently awarded to the first year program’s team members: Lindsay Haw, a freshman forward on the team, was honored with the “Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year Award” as well as made the A-Sun All-Freshman team. Kathleen Hunter, another freshman who plays defense, was also recognized on the All-Freshman Team, as well as by the 2nd team All Conference. Amber McCall, a sophomore midfielder was named to the 1st team All-Conference.
Why: Florida Gulf Coast University faculty and students seek to be strong community partners and role models for today’s youth. By paying a visit to the patients at The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, the Women’s Soccer Team seeks to strengthen this commitment and to honor the true spirit of the holiday season. Said, FGCU Women’s Soccer Coach Jim Blankenship, “The children of our local community are a passion of ours as we recognize the important part athletes can play being good role models and a positive influence in their lives. In the short term, we hope to provide some holiday spirit to children spending time at the hospital this December, but as a longer-term community partner, we seek to play an important role in helping our community’s children set obtainable goals to reach their dreams. For more information on the December 3rd visit or on ways you can help the patients of The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, please call The Lee Memorial Health System Foundation Office at 239-985-3550.